June 2018

[caption id="attachment_6722" align="alignleft" width="324"] L-R: Daniel Jordan Smith, Nicole De Wet and Evelyn Gitau during the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI), workshop at the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) in Nairobi, Kenya from June 3-9, 2018.[/caption]Nicole De Wet, CARTA Cohort One fellow, has been named one of 200 young South Africans by the Mail and Guardian (M&G) "who are a guiding light for South Africa" in the education category.The M&G's 200 Young South Africans 2018 list highlight the country’s best and brightest under 35s in 12 different fields such as arts & entertainment, civil society, science & technology, politics among others.The Demography lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand teaches a scarce skill to social science students who want to learn statistics and quantitative research methods. She obtained her PhD in demography and population studies through the CARTA PhD

Cohort Eight Fellow Samuel Mwaniki from the University of Nairobi participated in a three-day intensive course on the basic knowledge about diagnosis, management and research in Sexually Transmitted Infections.The one-week course in Bertinoro, Italy from June12-25, 2018 was a stimulating opportunity to interact with faculty drawn from world-renowned STI research and practice leaders, and thus the privilege to learn from the best in the field. The knowledge gained will also be valuable in developing the literature review and methods sections for his PhD work.The interactions and networks with participants from diverse professional and geographical backgrounds offered him potential opportunities for future research collaboration such as PhD students from Russia and Austria.The course aimed to help participants obtain a wide-range update on STI, discuss STI research and clinical cases and envisage potential strategies and interventions to fight the spread of STI

Three postdoctoral research fellowships are available, tenable for two years.Deadline: June 22, 2018The MRC/Wits-Agincourt Research Unit is a leading health and population research center that supports a major research infrastructure including a health and socio-demographic surveillance system (HDSS) covering the Agincourt sub-district of rural Mpumalanga Province adjacent to Mozambique.  Taking a life course approach, the Unit undertakes interdisciplinary observational and intervention research collaborating with scientists from South African and sub-Saharan, UK/European and North American institutions.Successful Postdoctoral Fellows will join a multidisciplinary team of research and data scientists and enjoy unparalleled opportunity across all stages of the research process, including ethics and public engagement, field science, research data management, and research-to-policy engagement.  Fellows will be supported and mentored to publish in peer-review journals.Fellows will follow a tailored programme embedded in focus research areas depending on their background, experience, and interest:Adolescent health and development (including HIV and mental health) Adult health and ageing (including non-communicable

BASEL, SWITZERLAND--Prof. Sharon Fonn (CARTA Co-director), Prof. Peter Ngure (CARTA Program Manager) and Dr. Evelyn Gitau (APHRC Director, Research Capacity Strengthening) were in Basel for the first Northern Partners Face-to-Face Meeting from June 11-12, 2018.Representatives from all Northern Partner institutions— Brown University, CCGHR (a coalition of 24 member universities), Swiss TPH, Umeå University, University of Gothenburg, University of Warwick, University of Bergen, and Uppsala Monitoring Centre—attended. There were also observers from prospective Northern Partners.The convening reflected on the future role of Northern Partners in CARTA. The Consortium has extended and developed over the last decade: the PhD fellows are increasing in numbers and the post-doctoral cohorts will become a growing constituency.It is thus important for the Northern Partners to understand the needs and future challenges for the consortium. Moreover, there have been new Northern Partner members who needed orientation and

NAIROBI, KENYA--Ten CARTA fellows and secretariat staff participated in the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI), workshop at the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) in Nairobi, Kenya from June 3-9, 2018. The theme was “Health and Social Change in Africa.”The two conveners were Blessing Mberu (APHRC) and Daniel Jordan Smith (Brown University).According to the facilitators, social changes sweeping sub-Saharan Africa are having dramatic effects on human health. For example, demographic processes such as declining fertility, rapid rural-to-urban migration, and increased longevity significantly influence patterns of risk and the burden of disease. In addition, they place new demands on health systems and infrastructure.